The show and shine is back in 2019!
The Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society is holding a truck show and shine again, and it will take place on June 15, 2019 at the fairgrounds.
The show and shine started in 2016 and a second one was held in 2017, but organizers decided to take a break in 2018.
According to one of the organizers, Shawn “Dually” Lewis, the turnout was “phenomenal” the first year, but it only dropped slightly in the second year due to rainy weather.
There were 59 trucks on display in 2016, and 52 in 2017.
There was strong local participation in both years, but participants also came from all over Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
The 2019 show and shine is going to include a truck pull and tractor pull as well. Drivers can get their engines roaring and fill the air with diesel fumes and wow the crowd while they try to show who has the most pulling power.
Lewis said the layout of the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds makes it a good location for a truck show. Rig owners can drive in and park on the flat grass. For the 2019 show, camping for the whole weekend will also be offered on site, so people can bring their trailers or RV’s and stay from Friday to Monday.
The truck show and shine in Vankleek Hill is a fundraiser for the agricultural society. Other truck shows around Ontario and Quebec raise money for other charities.
Organizers in Vankleek Hill are hoping their truck show and shine becomes a major destination event on the yearly show circuit. The truck shows in Stirling and Fergus Ontario were once large events but have since ended. Other large truck shows are in Bedford, Quebec, and Ilderton, near London, Ontario.
In Vankleek Hill, show and shine organizers are still working on further planning and details of the 2019 event. But if you’re into trucks, tractors, and the power of engines, mark June 15 on the calendar now!